Interview: Dan Richter


Dan Richter will always be the most interesting guy in the room, but his relaxed and cool demeanor never boast of it. Saveria and I were lucky enough to meet him, in one of his current positions as a Sierra Club leader and guest speaker at the Wilderness Travel Course. We were immediately drawn to his passion for climbing that began in his childhood in the Alps. Saveria and I then attended his Advanced Mountaineering Program, taught with fellow climbing mentor Patrick McKusky. Dan quickly became one of our climbing mentors and also a friend. I have enjoyed amazing conversation with him, specifically on my other passion, movies. Because you see, Dan in another life choreographed and starred in the man-ape sequence of 2001. He was also a mime and worked closely with John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969-1973. I said the most interesting guy in the room right? Dan was also kind enough to answer our AdventurUs hero interview questions.

The AdventurUs: So Dan, what is your day job?

Dan Richter:I am retired and currently am a memoirist, traveler, and rock climbing teacher.

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AU: What has been your most memorable adventure?

DR:Hitch hiking around the world.

AU: What is the most valuable lesson you have learned while being AdventurUs?

DR:Nothing is impossible.

AU: And finally our fill in the blank.

DR: There I wason a precarious ledge, wishing I hada rope.

Thank you so much to Dan for this interview it is a pleasure to know him and to count him as our friend.